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Background in a freshwater tank

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Dennis Rumshinsky

Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 01:19 pm
Hi just wondering i am about to get a tank and i dont want to put on the backgrounds that they sell in the LFS. What can i paint the back of the tank with to block out some light.

  

SteveW

Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 04:30 pm
If you paint the exterior of the tank, your best bet is to use an acrylic. Reason being is that they dry fast and easy cleanup. Acrylics are water based and easily found in non-toxic formulas. Because they are water-based, water can soften the dryed paint, but will never reconstitute the paint. So if the dry paint gets wet, just let it alone and let the water dry. Another reason I would choose an acrylic is that if you change your mind some day and want to change the painted black background to a paper one or a painted blue background, this would be the least amount of effort to remove as far as paints are concerned. With a razor blade this paint will peel with minimal effort, while any oil or enamal will slowly chip while vigorously scraping(had to do it and was alot of work).

  

Dennis Rumshinsky

Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 06:26 pm
Should i use a wall type paint or are there special paints that i can buy for this purpose.

  

SteveW

Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 07:30 pm
I would use an Interior wall or an Interior/Exterior. As long as it is Acryilc it wont harm the fish. If you use an artist's acrylic the paint will be quite rubbery.

  

chris

Monday, February 04, 2002 - 05:10 pm
I use poster board with my tank. Lot easier to take off than paint if you change your mind. just my $.02

  

Ratletrps

Tuesday, February 05, 2002 - 09:36 pm
Agree with chris...If you run your tanks like mine...there will be changes every so often with decor and background and the posters are easier. Some LFS's don't have a really good selection so try other stores before you give the painting a try.

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